Poll: Angle Leads In NV-SEN Republican Primary

June 3, 2010 6:03 a.m.

The new Suffolk poll of the Nevada Republican Senate primary gives Tea Party-backed former state Rep. Sharron Angle the lead.

The numbers: Angle 33%, ex-UNLV basketball player Danny Tarkanian 26%, and former state GOP chair and establishment-supported candidate Sue Lowden 25%. Lowden originally led in this primary, but has suffered dramatically from a variety of gaffes. The most notable example, of course, was when she suggested that people lower health care costs by using the barter system, referencing how her grandparents’ generation would bring a chicken to the doctor’s office as payment.

An Angle win in the primary would be good news for the Tea Party movement — but very mixed for the GOP, as polling thus far has consistently shown her to be the weakest possible Republican candidate against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

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